Through the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, an event in its 35th year going into the 2021 event, college football coaches are recognized for their contributions both on and off the field. Each year, one top performing coach is selected to take home the “Bear” bust trophy and claim the final title of the season: the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award.

This year, the Bryant Awards will be aired exclusively to our sponsors and donors on January 13, 2021. During the Awards, you will meet heart survivor Cy Jones, a former University of Alabama football wide receiver and cornerback. You will also have the exclusive opportunity to hear from our eight Coach of the Year Finalists live and you will be among the first to learn the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award winner before the program airs on FOX Sports in the following days.

Behind the scenes, the award is much bigger than a college football game and a season’s success. It is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on heart disease and stroke while raising valuable funds to support research of the American Heart Association. Through the work and efforts of our volunteers and sponsors, the campaign has raised millions towards the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association.


Open Your Heart
Every year, the Paul “Bear” Bryant awards recognizes a stand-out survivor or survivor’s family to be honored as our “Open Your Heart” story at the event. We ask guests to “Open Your Heart” to give in honor of the inspiring individuals which in turn will aid the American Heart Association in continuing our fight against heart disease and hypertension. Please see the video below for our 2020 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards “Open Your Heart” story.


New to the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards is the Heart of the Game series allowing top investors in the campaign experience an intimate conversation (master class) with College Football Coaching legends. Hosted quarterly, guests will be able to hear from Coaches how Coach Bryant impacted their life and give us an inside view of their life on and off the field. Guests will be able to interact through a Q&A portion of the event. Contact to learn more.

Heart of the Game, December 10, 4pm, Sylvester Croom, 2021 Heart of a Champion Award Winner

(Click above image to watch the inaugural Heart of the Game Series)

Tom Allen, Indiana Matt Campbell, Iowa State Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina Mario Cristobal, Oregon Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Brian Kelly, Notre Dame Nick Saban, Alabama Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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